The Seahawks have already wrapped up a playoff spot, but can they clinch the No. 5 seed against the Cardinals? As Seattle fights for playoff position, Arizona is fighting for draft position. Follow here for live updates, analysis and more from Week 17.
1:25 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Wash.
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1:49 | Seahawks 24, Cardinals 24 Zane Gonzalez … from 55 … is good! Cold blooded. We’re tied again, and Russell Wilson gets the ball back with just under two minutes to go.
6:25 | Seahawks 24, Cardinals 21 Frank Clark continues to do Frank Clark things, making a strip-sack of Josh Rosen, with Quinten Jefferson recovering for Seattle. The Seahawks can’t do anything with the favorable field position, but they call on Sebastian Janikowski for his first field-goal attempt of the game — good from 42 yards for the Seahawks to regain the lead.
0:11 | Seahawks 21, Cardinals 21 More punting woes for Seattle, and this one will enter the final quarter a tied game. This one from Michael Dickson is fully blocked and recovered for a touchdown (by Dennis Gardeck, who tipped the punt earlier). David Johnson stretches out and picks up the two-point conversion to tie the game, held up upon video review. Dickson has punted six times for 272 yards today –a 45.3 yards-per-punt average. But he’s had one punt tipped, another run back for a 45-yard gain, and a third blocked and converted into a defensive touchdown for the Cardinals. This is easily the rookie Pro Bowler’s worst game of the year.
4:34 | Seahawks 21, Cardinals 13 The Cardinals appeared to have a strip-sack touchdown that would have given them the lead. Instead, it took the Seahawks three plays after the play was overturned for defensive holding, buoyed by a 61-yard run from Chris Carson — a career long — that set up a 17-yarder from Mike Davis to extend Seattle’s lead.
First-half observations from Bob Condotta:
- Well maybe this will be more difficult than we all thought. Seattle coach Pete Carroll talked all week about consistency of effort and approaching every game the same. But he can’t like the way the Seahawks have responded so far looking a step slow in a number of different situations to allow Arizona to stay in it, down just 14-13.
- The good news is the Bears are leading the Vikings, and if so, then this result doesn’t matter and Seattle will be the fifth seed. Still, Seattle wants to look better than this the rest of the way.
- Get better JR and DJ. Without their two starting guards the Seattle offensive line looks like a mess. George Fant was beaten for two sacks and Ethan Pocic appeared to miss an assignment to give up another as Russell Wilson has been sacked four times — he hasn’t been sacked more than three times in a game since Nov. 11 against the Rams in Los Angeles.
- And get better Shaquill Griffin. He went down with a sprained ankle and the Cardinals have been attacking his replacement, Akeem King, including for their lone TD, when King got sucked in by a run fake and let Larry Fitzgerald run by him.
1:12 | Seahawks 14, Cardinals 13 One punt after Michael Dickson got his punt tipped, the Seahawks give up a 45-yard return to Pharoh Cooper all the way to the 21-yard line. But Frank Clark continues to be a menace on opposing quarterbacks, sacking Josh Rosen on third down and forcing Arizona into a 50-yard field goal.
5:44 | Seahawks 14, Cardinals 10 Michael Dickson has been stellar for the Seahawks his rookie season. But gearing up to punt out of the Seahawks’ end zone, Dickson’s boot was blocked by Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck. The result? A rare bad punt for the rookie, setting up a 15-yard Josh Rosen TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald.
11:39 | Seahawks 14, Cardinals 3 Jacob Martin strip sacks Josh Rosen and Frank Clark recovers, setting up a quick, four-play scoring drive to put the Seahawks ahead by two scores.
Is that the last we’ll see of Chris Carson?
The Seahawks’ starting running back has rushed nine times for 39 yards thus far, with the highlight being a 7-yard touchdown run. Considering that Seattle has already clinched a playoff spot and running backs Mike Davis, Rashaad Penny and J.D. McKissic are all available, it will be interesting to see if Pete Carroll opts to sit Carson for the remainder of the game. —Mike Vorel
1:25 | Seahawks 7, Cardinals 3 It doesn’t get any more wide open than this: Russell Wilson finds Tyler Lockett, who’s able to walk into the end zone — but chooses to flip instead. The TD pass for Wilson was his 35th of the season and 196 of his career, both new franchise records.
3:51 | Cardinals 3, Seahawks 0 A field goal following the interception got Arizona on the board, but the teams have traded possessions since. Facing a fourth-and-1 at midfield, the Cardinals decide to pass and Josh Rosen overthrows Larry Fitzgerald down the sideline.
9:53 | Seahawks 0, Cardinals 0 Flashbacks of Super Bowl XLIX: Arizona cornerback David Amerson jumps a slant route over the middle, edging in front of David Moore, coincidentally wearing No. 83, to pick off Russell Wilson. Seattle had been flirting with the NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season — no longer.
1:03 p.m. The Seahawks shook things up on their offensive line for Sunday’s regular season finale against Arizona, moving right tackle Germain Ifedi to right guard in place of D.J. Fluker, who continues to battle a hamstring issue. Here’s more from Bob Condotta.
12:02 p.m. Starting right guard D.J. had a successful pregame workout prior to Sunday’s regular season finale against the Cardinals and will play against Arizona.
Fluker was not among the seven inactive players for the Seahawks indicating he may start, but at least will be available to play.
However, among the inactives is free safety Tedric Thompson, out with an ankle injury.
Also inactive is starting left guard J.R. Sweezy, who will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by Ethan Pocic. Sweezy has a foot injury but coach Pete Carroll said he will return for the playoffs next week.
Other inactives are: cornerback Kalan Reed, running back Bo Scarbrough, linebacker Emmanual Ellerbee and defensive ends Rasheem Green and Dion Jordan.
Of those five, all but Jordan are healthy scratches. Jordan is out with a nagging knee injury.
— Bob Condotta
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